Nothing is more frustrating than a piece of equipment that’s outdated. It’s behind the times. It’s not working as well as it should be. Older machines that are part of a modern production line only serve to slow down output, decrease efficiency and as a result, lose you revenue.
Not only that, your business could be losing out to competitors that have less downtime or more air-tight production lines. Customers in the modern business environment aren’t oblivious to these things. They notice when deadlines aren’t met or the quality of your products isn’t quite as good as before. Not having the foresight to constantly be future-proofing yourself and your machinery will hit your business reputation and customer perception hard.
So, what can you do to rectify this situation? Well, it’s pretty simple. Invest! More specifically, invest in technology. We cannot stress highly enough how crucial it is for businesses, especially embroidery businesses, to focus on looking to the future and budgeting for equipment that is cutting edge.
But if you don’t know where to start, we’re here to help. In this blog we’ll compare the main features and technological capabilities of HappyJapan and Tajima embroidery machines. No prizes for guessing who’ll come out on top.
We see so many amazing embroiderers go under because they weren’t willing to invest in the area of their business that is most important; machinery.
As with all our comparison series, let’s firstly analyse what makes an embroidery machine ‘technologically advanced’ – as we realise it’s an abstract term that’s difficult to define.
When we talk about machines that are on the cutting edge of tech, we firstly have to discuss their features. Is the machine wireless? This is a must for modern production lines as the system has to be adaptable and moveable if necessary. And this is especially important in a growing business, as space has to be made for additions and subtractions to the manufacturing process based on capacity requirements.
Another key feature of a tech-conscious machine is its accessibility options. The modern generation of embroidery machines are (mostly) equipped with LCD touchscreen panels and one-touch systems; all to aid operators, making training easier and daily operations a lot simpler.
Thirdly, a key question you have to ask your embroidery machine supplier is “What operating system is the machine running on?” – this is important when dealing with tight deadlines and more complex projects, as your machine has to seamlessly interface with third party software to realise unique product requirements. The only system worth mentioning for this purpose is Windows. Anything else is inferior software and will only lead to errors and conflicts with any third party products.
With that in mind, since you’re one of those forward-thinking businesses that invests (as you’re smart enough to read this blog) let’s look at the cream of the crop for technologically advanced machines you need to consider today.
HappyJapan – The HCR3-1512
The HCR3-1512 is the top of the range for HappyJapan. It’s a machine that we would recommend only to businesses that have medium/large production lines and customers that have demanding lead time requirements. It’s a high-speed, 12-headed beast that has the highest level of production power available from the top embroidery machine brand in the industry. It’s completely wireless and can fit into a variety of environments and production lines – it’s compact, high-speed and designed to get the job done right, every time!
It has a maximum speed of 1000 SPM with all 12 heads active, and high-speed servo motors built in, to add that extra efficiency for jobs that need to be completed in rapid succession. This is all controlled via a 10.4 inch colour LCD touch screen control panel – one of the largest operational interfaces on the market. This easy accessibility is necessary for machines like the HCR3-1512, as operators have the responsibility for many embroidery jobs at once. So a panel that gives an overview of the process – including speed and design progress – is critical.
The machine’s memory can hold up to 40 million stitches. Again, this is something that makes the HCR3-1512 the best choice for big projects. Couple that with automatic thread break protection, an automatic thread trimmer and a flat embroidery space size of 450 x 360mm, and you’re looking at a model that is at the forefront of embroidery technology.
Of course, all HappyJapan machine models come with Windows software built in and PC connection software through the use of Wilcom, which comes as standard. This means the operator can introduce third party software into production with no problems; but also save time by using barcode scanning on a PC to load designs automatically.
Tajima – The TMCP-VF Series
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The best comparison model from Tajima is the TMCP-VF Series. It’s a high speed, top of the range model, armed with servo motors and custom switches – a feature designed to aid operators when working with large and complex projects. This model, like the HappyJapan machine, can also go all the way up to 12 heads.
The TMCP-VF can expand to an embroidery space of 550 x 400mm. It comes with an LCD touch screen panel (which isn’t fully touch screen, we might add), which is a shame for the purposes of comparison.
Tajima also states that this model has improved motor performance and is much more energy efficient. However, the machine doesn’t run on Windows software, which will create problems for embroiderers that rely on additional input software or barcoding to upload designs.
To be brutally honest, the TMCP-VF Series doesn’t come close to HappyJapan’s HCR3 1512. Firstly, let’s take its size. The Tajima model is absolutely huge, meaning that it’s not flexible to fit into different working scenarios. The last thing you want when upgrading your embroidery machine is to have to look for a new premises too, isn’t it? Talk about rising costs! What you want is a compact, high-performance, reliable machine that packs a punch – if only we knew one?
The HCR3 1512 is an energy-efficient machine too. When running your machine all day, you’re going to be using a lot of power. Which is why you need the most efficient machine possible to keep a cap on your spending, right? If you opted for the Tajima machine, you can expect much higher energy costs than the HappyJapan. Lower running costs and unparalleled quality, is that not your winer right there?
The HappyJapan machine will have no problem running faster over prolonged periods of time and is more consistent than the alternative. Also, it has a far superior colour change – meaning that you can have ultra-flexibility when it comes to embroidery design colours and overall quality. There’s only one winner for us and that’s the compact, durable and utterly impressive HappyJapan HCR3 1512.
Decide For Yourself
The ultimate deciding factor you need to consider is the operating system issue. The vast majority of third-party software requires integration with Windows systems, and only the HappyJapan model can deliver that. If you’re an enterprise business with a multi-layered production line, this is a crucial requirement.
For this reason, and the ones above, we can’t recommend the Tajima model over the HappyJapan. We simply can’t lumber you with all those software conflicts when there’s an alternative at a similar price point, that is faster and more accessible.
Now that we’ve settled that, the question might occur to you “What size of machine do I need for my capacity and output requirements?” Well, we have just the piece of educational content for you. To the right of this blog, our Ebook will talk you through every level of our embroidery machine range and give you advice as to what is best for you. Whether you’re a startup or a national business!